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These lost type symbols need to make a comeback

Where would we be without punctuation marks? In a land of grammatical misunderstandings, that's where! (See, we're only three sentences into this …

These Tree-Planting Drones Are About To Start An Entire Forest From The Sky

Villages have spent years replanting mangroves along the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar. Now their work will go much faster, with some help from above.<p>For the past five years, a group of villagers in the delta of the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar has painstakingly planted 2.7 million mangrove trees in an …

'Cyborg' bacteria deliver green fuel source from sunlight

<b>Scientists have created bacteria covered in tiny semiconductors that generate a potential fuel source from sunlight, carbon dioxide and water.</b><p>The so-called "cyborg" bugs produce acetic acid, a chemical that can then be turned into fuel and plastic.<p>In lab experiments, the bacteria proved much more …

Clean Energy

We're About to Cross The 'Quantum Supremacy' Limit in Computing

One team is ahead of the race with 51 qubits.<p>The 4th International Conference on Quantum Technologies held in Moscow last month was supposed to put …

Mysterious signal from deep space goes hyperactive

Scientists searching the cosmos for signs of intelligent alien life pick up the only known repeating "fast radio bursts" again and are asking others to tune in too.<p>The unexplained signals from the other side of the universe known as fast radio bursts are a rarely observed phenomenon and only one of …

UC Berkeley

IBM is modeling new AI after the human brain

Attentive Robots<p>Currently, artificial intelligence (AI) technologies are able to exhibit seemingly-human traits. Some are intentionally humanoid, and …

Artificial Intelligence

3 of Nature’s Greatest Mysteries May Be Solved Thanks to Quantum Biology

Quantum mechanics is known for weird occurrences and bizarre outcomes. Consider superposition where a particle can be in two places at once, while …

AI is going to replace retail workers sooner than you think

<i>Citibank</i> recently disseminated a predictive research paper in its “Technology at Work” series, wherein a number of experts lay out the future of human employment. The co-director for the Oxford Martin Programme on Technology and Employment, Carl Benedikt Frey, writes “Retail is one industry in …

Customer Service

Soon, broken bones could be fixed using gene therapy and microbubbles

Better Than Bone Grafts<p>Fixing broken limb bones after serious injuries can challenge even the most skilled orthopedic surgeons. Too much bone loss …

Self-driving container ships could upend shipping industry

Self-driving cars are the talk of Silicon Valley and Washington, as companies scramble to perfect the technology, and policy makers worry about the …

Container Ship

The 'Godfather of AI' on making machines clever and whether robots really will learn to kill us all?

<i>Today, the Telegraph begins a three-part series reporting from Toronto’s booming Artificial Intelligence sector where new technologies are being pioneered that will permanently change all of our lives</i><p>Deep within the inner sanctum of Google’s downtown HQ in Toronto, past the rooftop crazy golf …

Artificial Intelligence

A Wild Vision Of The Future Run By Amazon And Whole Foods

Drones. Shared refrigerators. Hydroponic garages. And never setting foot in a grocery store again.<p>Since Amazon bought Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, consumers have been left wondering what that partnership will ultimately look like. Will Whole Foods stores just become another face for Amazon’s …

Microsoft’s Experimental Self-Flying Aircraft Learn By Watching Hawks

The company is teaching gliders how to stay aloft without propulsion–and its research could inform a new generation of autonomous vehicles.<p>Hawks rule the skies with a heavenly laziness. Simply by tilting their large wings, they can ride spiraling, hot convection currents up into the sky, gliding …

5 Unexpected Factors That Change How We Forecast The Future

We see the future in terms of technology, but if you actually want to do a better job guessing what will happen, it’s better to look at social, cultural, and environmental inputs.<p>Editor’s Note<p>This post is part of <i>Co.Exist</i>‘s Futurist Forum, a series of articles by some of the world’s leading …

Work/Life: Please, Call It “Vintage”

Applying new technology is innovative, but the successful employ of old technology is ingenious. Recently I devoured an online article that I loved, totally, at Wired.com.<p>Applying new technology is innovative, but the successful employ of old technology is ingenious. Recently I devoured an online …

Here Come The Holograms

In virtual reality, the more realistic the digital world, the greater the demand for fidelity. The greater demand for fidelity, the greater the demand for bandwidth. Nothing is more demanding than cinematic realism. We expect photo real worlds to have absolutely perfect fidelity. This is why …

Augmented Reality

AI can determine our motivations using a simple camera

Silver Logic Labs (SLL) is in the people business. Technically, it’s an AI startup, but what it really does is figure out what people want. At first glance they’ve simply found a better way to do focus-groups, but after talking to CEO Jerimiah Hamon we’ve learned there’s nothing simple about the …

This Tech Startup Is Using AI To Help Researchers Develop Cures Quicker

The increased use of artificial intelligence and machine learning is steadily shifting the paradigm of medical research and treatment, providing researchers real-time access to every white paper and clinical case study conducted on a genetic disorder. Being able to develop such an elaborate …

Big Data

Elon Musk leads 116 experts calling for outright ban on killer robots

Open letter signed by Tesla chief and Alphabet’s Mustafa Suleyman urges UN to block use of lethal autonomous weapons to prevent third age of war<p>Some of the world’s leading robotics and artificial intelligence pioneers are calling on the United Nations to ban the development and use of killer robots.<p>…

Artificial Intelligence

Meet The Futuristic Personal Transportation Vehicle Coming To China And U.S. Soon

Leo Liu still remembers the first time he saw a “personal transportation” machine.<p>“I was an industrial engineering student at University of Florida, and I saw a group of people ride around campus standing completely upright on giant wheels,” he recalls. “They were Segways. I thought to myself, …

Remote Controls

Mercedes uses art deco inspiration for electric car concept

Luxury vehicles from the 1930s were nearly aircraft carrier-long. It was the art deco era dominated by seemingly never ending clean lines. So it's no surprise that the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is over six meters long (about 20 feet) and has a single line that runs the length of the …

These Scientists Have Discovered How To Use Electricity To Make Protein From CO2

Finnish scientists have built a bioreactor that will be able to create cheap nutrients almost anywhere on Earth.<p>In a lab in Finland, inside tiny lab equipment roughly the size of coffee cups, researchers are turning CO2 into food. The process–which can run on renewable energy, and requires only a …

This New Simulator Helps Cities Test A Future Of On-Demand Transit

TransLoc is helping cities see if a rethinking of their transit systems can make them more efficient while staying equitable–especially transit for the disabled and seniors.<p>If you’re commuting home in Los Angeles on the bus, that means waiting an average 20 minutes or more at a stop. Uber, by …

Smart Cities

New Methods of Controlling Electrons Could be Major in Quantum Computing

UCLA researchers HongWen Jiang, professor of physics, and graduate student, Joshua Schoenfield have discovered a method for controlling and measuring …

Quantum Computing

Apple, Google And Amazon: How To Understand Capitalism's Future

In an intriguing article in this month’s <i>The Atlantic</i>, Harvard Business School Professor Mihir Desai suggests that Apple and Google represent “two potential roads for capitalism’s future.” The article, “Capitalism the Apple Way vs. Capitalism the Google Way,” suggests that “whichever company’s …

Investing

Delta's new program will let you use your fingerprint to board your plane.

You might soon be able to use merely your finger to board your next plane.<p>Delta announced a new biometrics boarding pass experience on Thursday …

The future of the iPhone

The iPhone’s success has been nothing short of spectacular. With more than 1 billion units sold as of June 2016, rival consumer electronics companies can only dream of building a product that popular.<p>It’s not easy to foresee how the iPhone will evolve in the future. Some things are obvious — like …

This globe-shaped floating object could one day deliver your snail mail

‘FreeMotionHandling’ by Festo is an indoor flying object that can autonomously maneuver itself in any direction and pick up and drop off any item.

This ring could unlock your car, buy you stuff, and log into your laptop

A company called Token is launching its first product today: the Token Ring. It’s a fingerprint-sensing ring that’s designed to unlock and authenticate everything, including your car, house, and computer. The ring is NFC- and Bluetooth-compatible so it can work as a payment device or as a ticket …

Apps will be worth $6.3 trillion by 2021, and we'll spend way too much time on them

Global app usage is soaring and apps are set to be a more massive business than ever, according to a new report.<p>The total time we spend in mobile …